lexington ky activities

Moving to Lexington, but not sure what’s around? With a rich history and some of the best restaurants, there is plenty to explore in the city.

Enjoy a Delicious Meal

Primarily known for having the best beer cheese and burgoo, Lexington has become a one-of-a-kind culinary destination. There are over 100 independently owned restaurants in the city – which means a plethora of delicious meal choices!

Our favorite restaurants:

  • Alfalfa – Known for its delicious vegetarian meals, Alfalfa offers breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch. All of their ingredients are locally sourced!
  • Hall’s on the River – Located on the banks of the Kentucky River, Hall’s offers all of the local specialties including fried catfish, beer cheese, and the Kentucky Hot Brown.
  • Bear & The Butcher – Love a delicious plate for chicken and waffles? Look no further! Bear & The Butcher is known for having the best brunch in Lexington and offers live jazz on Saturdays, and a Bloody Mary and mimosa bar throughout the weekend.

Spend a Day at Keeneland

Keeneland Race Track’s historic mission is to continually invest in and preserve the tradition of Thoroughbred racing. Head over to watch a horse race, take a tour of the grounds, or catch a glimpse of the horses working out on the track.

Learn about the History of Kentucky Bourbon

Known as Bourbon Trail, learning more about the history of Kentucky Bourbon is easy when you’re in the founding state! With several working distilleries in the Lexington area, including Four Rose, Wild Turkey, Woodford Reserve, and Town Branch, you can taste different bourbons while learning about the interesting history.

Experience Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

As the largest restored Shaker community in the world, there’s plenty to do when visiting the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill! From hands-on classes and music performance, and beautiful outdoor grounds to hike and ride your horse, this historic landmark is a must-see. The property has 34 restored 19th-century buildings on 3,000 acres and can accommodate meetings and wedding for up to 200 guests!

Go on a Driving Tour

Want to relax while taking in the sights of Lexington? VisitLex offers a free Bluegrass Country Driving Tour that will show you all that Lexington has to offer! Look out your window at the gorgeous rolling farms, or the bustling downtown area – you get to choose what interests you most!